Nava is at the forefront of reimagining how our government serves its people, and we’re looking for experienced designers and developers to help drive this mission forward.
You care deeply about working on technology that improves people’s lives, but don’t think technology is always the answer. You are passionate about building large-scale systems that are inclusive, well-designed, fast, scalable, and secure, and you'll help set high standards for our teams in terms of simplicity, empathy, and accessibility.
One of our Nava values is Inclusion is Essential. We recognize that opportunities for designers are not always equal and we are committed to changing this.
The apprenticeship is a full-time, 4-month program beginning on January 11, 2021, for people who are starting their careers, or transitioning to new careers in frontend design. Those who are currently underrepresented in tech (Women, Black/African American, Latin/Hispanic, American Indian, Veterans, those working with disabilities, those re-entering the workforce, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. Bonus for candidates who have experience with accessibility best-practices and inclusive design.
We will provide the support that apprentices need to grow their careers in the civic tech space. Apprentices will be paired with a mentor and work on challenging and impactful projects.
Due to the pandemic, our internships are remote this year (last year, we required that apprentices join us in our DC, SF or NYC locations so that they received the support and structure that can be obtained in an office setting). To adapt, apprentices will be required to have strong familiarity with remote working practices and be comfortable in proactive communication with their managers and mentors when work is not clear, when they are stuck, or when they have early examples of work to share with their support team. Note that we rely on video conferencing and messaging applications (E.g. Slack) at Nava in order to stay connected remotely.
Opportunities and Challenges
Nava provides opportunities to do meaningful, impactful, mission-oriented work. As a public benefit corporation, we have a social mission written into our founding charter. The people who work at Nava have a fiduciary duty to our stated mission: to improve access, effectiveness, and simplicity of government services. We see this as an opportunity, but it is also important to highlight the challenges we face in advance.
You will be working within the government ecosystem, which means working dynamically, with other government contractors and civil servants. Working with people outside of your company means you'll likely encounter different working styles and cultural norms. At the same time, working as part of a larger team allows us to deliver on projects of larger scale and complexity.